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Offline Johnny253

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Caught a swarm today
« on: September 14, 2011, 10:49:12 AM »
I had a swarm of bees come through today. They were buzzing around for ages and moving from place to place until they finally decided to stop in a roof truss of a shed. I put an empty super with some part filled frames from another hive underneath, hoping they would move in but I ended up having to climb up a ladder to get them. Obviously I couldn't shake them so I had to brush them onto frames and bring them down into the box. The brushing seemed to agitate the bees a bit, is there any way I could have got around this? I eventually got most of them and hopefully got the queen!

Offline iddee

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Re: Caught a swarm today
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2011, 11:08:39 AM »
A wide plastic scraper, a sheet of cardboard, even a hive tool. Sliding an edge under them and making them fall is many times better than brushing.
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Offline yockey5

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Re: Caught a swarm today
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2011, 09:43:46 PM »
When all else fails, I just start bringing them into a box with my bare hands. Never been stung this way..... yet.

Offline Johnny253

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Re: Caught a swarm today
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2011, 11:16:56 AM »
Thanks guys, I'll avoid the brush in future. You're a tough man Yockey, like your work!

Offline Pete

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Re: Caught a swarm today
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2011, 07:19:24 AM »
I take an ordinary dustpan and brush. Some of the brushes are softer that bee brushes. But i try not to brush and just use the pan to scoop.

Offline Harpo

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Re: Caught a swarm today
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2011, 07:21:49 AM »
As a newbie I had help with my first and they grabbed a frame and sort of zig zag'd up from the bottom of the swarm so they landed on the frame - that frame was put in and she grabbed another... she then let the bees figure out the queen was in the box... sure enought they started marching in in rows...  :shock: was amazing to watch...